XII. Course Descriptions


School of Environmental Sciences

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Department of Pathobiology

MICR*2420 Introduction to Microbiology S,F,W (3-2) [0.50]
This course will introduce students to the diversity of microorganisms, including, bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and the impact of microbes on everyday life. The interactions of microorganisms with the biotic and abiotic worlds will be discussed. Topics will include the roles of microorganisms in host-pathogen interactions in disease, the beneficial aspects of microorganisms in bioremediation and food production, and their application in biotechnology.
Prerequisite(s): 4.00 credits including (1 of BIOL*1040, BIOL*1070, BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040)
Restriction(s): MICR*1020, MICR*2020 This is a Priority Access course. Enrolment may be restricted to particular programs, specializations or semester levels during certain periods. Please see the departmental website for more information.
MICR*2430 Microbiology Methods I F,W (1-3) [0.50]
This course uses a hands-on approach to investigate microbial growth and factors that impact growth and the interactions of microbes with biotic and abiotic environments. This course will explore the ecological diversity of microorganisms of selected environments. Students will develop a wide range of microbiology-related laboratory skills.
Prerequisite(s): MICR*2420
Equate(s): MICR*2030
Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access course. Enrolment may be restricted to particular programs, specializations or semester levels during certain periods. Please see the departmental website for more information.
MICR*3090 Mycology F (3-3) [0.50]
This course provides an introduction to the fungal lifestyle and to classification and evolution of the major groups of fungi, including microfungi, yeasts and other eukaryotic microbes. The characteristics of fungal cell structure, genetics and metabolism will be presented, and fungal reproduction and sporulation processes discussed with reference to the life cycles of representative forms. The ecological and economic importance of fungi will be demonstrated by considering fungal ecology, symbiotic relationships, mycotoxins and pathogenic fungi and industrial applications of fungi and yeasts. Laboratory work will provide familiarity with procedures for culturing, examining and identifying fungi and yeasts. Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Prerequisite(s): 1 of BOT*2100, MICR*2030, MICR*2430
Equate(s): BIOL*3050
MICR*3220 Plant Microbiology F (3-0) [0.50]
In this course the interaction between plants and microorganisms will be studied. Topics include molecular plant-microbe interactions, plant defenses, bacterial ice nucleation, interaction among plant microbes, root nodulation, mycorrhizae, wood decay, and decomposition of plant litter. School of Environmental Sciences
Prerequisite(s): BIOL*1040 or (BIOL*1070, BIOL*1090)
MICR*3230 Immunology F (3-0) [0.50]
This course provides an introduction to the immune response of the vertebrate host, the cells and tissues of the lymphoid system, humoral and cell-mediated immunity, the concept of immunity to diseases and current techniques in immunology. Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Department of Pathobiology.
Prerequisite(s): (BIOL*1040 or BIOL*1090), BIOC*2580
MICR*3260 Microbial Adaptation W (3-1) [0.50]
In this course students examine the physiological responses of bacteria to their diverse and changing environments. By using information technologies to access and analyze the relevant research literature, students learn how and why researchers study this subject, and how research outcomes are evaluated. Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Prerequisite(s): BIOC*3560, MICR*3420, MBG*3080
MICR*3330 World of Viruses F (3-0) [0.50]
Viruses infecting many organisms will be covered in the context of their global impact on disease and history, beneficial uses of viruses, and their role in advances of molecular theory. A fundamental virology background will be achieved by understanding the diversity of viruses, their replication strategies and their interactions with the host in disease. The relevance of viruses in society will be highlighted by discussion of historical accounts and contemporary news articles. Department of Molecular and Cellular
Prerequisite(s): (MCB*2210, MBG*2020) or MCB*2050
MICR*3420 Microbial Diversity F (3-0) [0.50]
The cycling of elements (carbon, nitrogen, sulphur) within ecosystems involves the contributions of diverse microorganisms. This course will study the diversity of Bacteria and Archaea in selected ecosystems at an organismal level, investigate the metabolic and enzymatic diversity in microbes that contribute to and thrive within these environments, and examine the methodologies used to study the relationships and evolution of microorganisms within an ecosystem.
Prerequisite(s): BIOC*3560, (MBG*2020 or MBG*2040), MICR*2430
Equate(s): MICR*3120
MICR*3430 Microbiology Methods II W (1-3) [0.50]
This course will use a hands-on approach to investigate concepts and develop skills needed for the isolation, identification and classification of microorganisms. Classical, molecular, and bioinformatic techniques will be used to isolate and identify bacteria and viruses from natural environments.
Prerequisite(s): MBG*3080, MICR*2430
Co-requisite(s): MBG*3350
Equate(s): MICR*3120
MICR*4010 Pathogenic Bacteriology W (3-0) [0.50]
This course focuses on the interactions between bacterial pathogens and host animals, including immune and inflammatory responses of the host's defense mechanisms. The structural and physiological characteristics of a number of important bacteria causing human and animal diseases are considered. Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Prerequisite(s): MBG*3080, [MCB*2050, (MCB*2210 or MBG*2020)], MICR*3230
MICR*4140 Soil Microbiology and Biotechnology F (3-0) [0.50]
In this course soil microorganisms will be studied with an emphasis on their diverse metabolic activities and biotechnological uses of soil microorganisms. Current topics will include soil as an environment for microorganisms, cell division in soil, starvation survival mechanisms, microbial evolution, soil microbial biodiversity, gene transfer, microbial gene expression in soil, extraction and purification of microbial nucleic acids, metabolism of soil pollutants and metal-microbe interactions. The use of molecular-based and fluorescent methods to study microorganisms in soil will also be presented. School of Environmental Sciences.
Prerequisite(s): BIOC*2580, [BIOL*1040 or (2 of BIOL*1070, BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090)]
MICR*4180 Microbial Processes in Environmental Management F (3-0) [0.50]
In this course the metabolic basis of microbial processes fundamentally important in the management of agricultural, industrial or municipal wastes are examined. Topics covered include relevant considerations in using microorganisms for pollution control, factors that affect efficient microbial degradation in the environment, and major microbial enzyme systems/pathways for biodegradation of persistent pollutants. Emphasis will be placed on the biochemistry, physiology, genetics and biotechnological applications of pollutant-degrading microorganisms. School of Environmental Sciences.
Prerequisite(s): BIOC*2580, [BIOL*1040 or (2 of BIOL*1070, BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090)]
MICR*4280 Microbial Ecology W (3-0) [0.50]
This course is a study of natural microbial communities: their structure, function and the factors that impact them. The topics include standard and new techniques that are being developed for analyzing microbial communities, current research on microbial ecology of the ocean, the terrestrial and the human ecosystems, Gaia theory, astrobiology and the role of microbes in the evolution of life on Earth. This course covers the metagenomic approach and how it impacts the current view of the diversity of uncultured microbes in the biosphere, and the biochemical basis for extremophile survival and the application of this knowledge on protein structure-function relationships and biotechnology. Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Prerequisite(s): (MBG*2020 or MBG*2040), (MICR*2030 or MICR*2430). MBG*3350 is strongly recommended.
MICR*4330 Molecular Virology W (2-3) [0.50]
This course will focus on molecular aspects of virus replication cycles and the diverse strategies used for replication of select RNA and DNA viruses. Virus-host interactions including tumour virology and host antiviral responses such as interferon and apoptosis will be discussed. Viral anti host-defence responses as well as recent advances in molecular virology and evolution will be also be covered. Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Prerequisite(s): MICR*3330, (MICR*2030 or MICR*2430 is recommended)
MICR*4430 Medical Virology W (3-0) [0.50]
A study of the interactions of animal viruses and their hosts and of important diseases of humans caused by viruses in different taxonomic groups. The emphasis is on aspects of pathogenesis, epidemiology, immune responses and control. Recent advances in the application of molecular biology to the development of diagnostic tests and vaccines will be included. Department of Pathobiology.
Prerequisite(s): MICR*3330
MICR*4520 Microbial Cell Biology F (3-0) [0.50]
This course explores the structure-function relationships of macromolecular complexes and cellular ultrastructures involved in fundamental microbial processes. The structures of macromolecular machines will be considered from the perspective of the cellular requirements for survival in different environments, and will be discussed in the context of their integration into cell division and the bacterial cell cycle, as well as their exploitation as targets for antibiotics and other therapeutic approaches. (First offering - Fall 2012)
Prerequisite(s): BIOC*3560, MBG*3080
Restriction(s): MICR*3270
MICR*4530 Immunology II W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will focus on advanced aspects of the structure and function of the vertebrate immune system in health and disease. Various topics including inflammation, hypersensitivity reactions, immune-mediated diseases such as allergy and autoimmunity, immune response to infection, vaccine development, experimental systems, immunoinformatics and antibody engineering will be discussed.
Prerequisite(s): MICR*3230
Restriction(s): MICR*4230
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